Francis was born in Italy around 1181 as the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. Francis spent his money carelessly and threw parties for his friends. He also sought honor and glory for himself, so he decided to go to war and try to become a knight. He was taken prisoner and became very ill. He was freed a year later and returned home. He tried to go back to war, but God told him to go home and that He would be told how to spend his life then. When he got home, God told him that he was to serve him. Francis was ashamed that he had been so selfish and greedy, so he started to live a life of poverty. He went all over Italy telling people to stop sinning and live holy lives. Once he traded his clothes for a poor man’s rags, so that he could feel the man’s suffering. Many people started following him and he founded many orders, which became of Franciscan family of brothers, priests, nuns, and lay people. Later in his life, he was gifted by God with the five wounds of Jesus. He died in 1226 at the age of 45. He was named a saint a few years later.
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